Caroline Glick joins New Right party of Shaked, Bennett

Caroline Glick, a longtime Jerusalem Post columnist with staunchly conservative views, will be joining the New Right Party  formed by Education Minister Naftali Bennett and Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked. 

By David Isaac, World Israel News

The Jerusalem Post reports that Caroline Glick, a longtime columnist for the paper, announced Wednesday she will be joining the New Right party recently formed by Education Minister Naftali Bennett and Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked.

Glick, a well-known columnist with a large following, especially in the United States, is known for her staunchly conservative political views. She started writing for The Jerusalem Post in 2002 and also writes for Maariv and American website Breitbart. Her columns have appeared in Israeli weekly Makor Rishon.

In her 2014 book The Israeli Solution: A One State Plan for Peace in the Middle East, Glick proposed annexing Judea and Samaria. She also called for a process that gradually grants Palestinians living in those areas Israeli citizenship. She didn’t expect Palestinians to jump at the opportunity and acknowledged that there was a risk to her plan.

“The prospect that, contrary to expectations, the Palestinians will apply en masse for Israeli citizenship, and that as a consequence Israel’s citizenship rolls will expand massively, is an important issue for policy makers to consider,” she wrote.

Glick served as assistant foreign policy adviser to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in 1997-1998 and was briefly considered by Netanyahu as a Likud candidate in 2015, The Jerusalem Post reports. But several of her columns critical of his policies caused him to reconsider, the paper says.

In 2000, Glick earned a Master of Arts in Public Policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

Glick was born in Texas and grew up in Chicago before immigrating to Israel in 1991.

Last week, Bennett and Shaked dropped a political bombshell when they announced they were breaking away from the Jewish Home party to form the New Right.

According to analysts, the two politicians hope that by breaking away from the more religious Jewish Home Party they will be able to broaden their appeal and attract a wider range of voters.